Tyson Foods to pay $539,000 for spill in southwest Missouri

Jan 20, 2015

Credit Chris Koster / Missouri Attorney General's Office

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay $539,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail.

The settlement was announced Tuesday by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who sued the company last June.

Koster says that last May, Tyson discharged wastewater that contained an acidic animal feed supplement from its Aurora facility, eventually causing Monett's wastewater treatment system to fail and contaminating Clear Creek in Barry County.

The settlement will be divided between state agencies and a $110,000 civil fine. Tyson also will replace a bridge over Clear Creek and donate $10,000 to the James River Basin Partnership.

Tyson said in a statement that it "deeply regretted" the incident and has worked with authorities to correct any problems.